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Rival Schools (PlayStation)

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What do you get when you cross Street Fighter with a bunch of school kids? You get another classic Capcom beat 'em up.

Featuring plenty of new faces, and heaps of new moves to work with, this is a full conversion of the arcade game, with the added bonus of a second disk. In this second disk, you get new modes including Lesson (teach yourself new moves), Group (select two to four characters for a group battle), League (choose two to six characters and then fight in a league battle), Tournament (tournament battle with up to eight characters), Cooperate (four-player simultaneous player), one-player game, and a specialized versus mode.


Rival Schools PlayStation Burning chain hit combo
Rival Schools PlayStation One of good loading screens
Rival Schools PlayStation A burning hit in the air
Rival Schools PlayStation Lesson mode: In this mode Hayato will teach you the moves and skills to become a master.

Alternate Titles

  • "私立ジャスティス学園: Legion of Heroes" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Shiritsu Justice Gakuen: Legion of Heroes" -- Japanese title
  • "Rival Schools: United by Fate" -- Formal and arcade title

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User Reviews

Action-packed and feature-loaded Zovni (9344) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Classic Fighting Action NeoMoose (1102) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jan 13, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
NowGamer Jul 30, 1998 8.9 out of 10 89 Feb 27, 2006 89 out of 100 89
Absolute Playstation Nov, 1998 87 out of 100 87
Joystick (French) Sep, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Power Unlimited Feb, 1999 8.4 out of 10 84
The Video Game Critic Feb 09, 2014 B+ 83
IGN Oct 26, 1998 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Aug 28, 1998 7.8 out of 10 78
Freak Dec, 1998 60 out of 100 60


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The US and European versions cut out several of the sport-related mini-games as well as the "Nekketsu Seishun Nikki" mode, which is a sort of rpg-lite mode in which you created a custom character, select specific schools and clubs for him to join and then set off in a campaign mode which involves dealing with the other characters, fighting with them and generally living in the Rival Schools universe. The reward being increased stats for your custom character that can be later used in the main game and its removal is quite odd considering it was the main reason for the "Evolution" disk to exist in the first place.

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Kartanym (10766) added Rival Schools (PlayStation) on Apr 14, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (25560) and mars rulez (509)